President Uhuru Kenyatta is back from what has been described as a fruitful trip to the East securing some Sh425 billion from China, in support of various development projects in the country.
The trip acts as a major boost for the country's development given that some of the Governors who went with the President also secured separate deals for their individual counties.
The figure secured is an approximate one-third of the country's 2012/13 budget though some are still skeptical about it since it comes in forms of loans and grants. It may appear not to be wise to borrow money given that our current internal and external debt is running at close to a trillion Kenya shillings.
However, until Kenya is able to generate more income, it will have to pump in money - borrowed and aid - to help unlock the Vision 2030 projects which will help the country create more opportunities.
Vision 2030 aims at creating a globally competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life by the end of the next 17 years. The aim is to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030 in a clean and secure environment.
Some Sh660 billion is needed to implement projects outlined in the development blueprint over the next five years. The money is to go towards finishing infrastructure projects that were started in the first Medium Term Plan of 2008-2012 and start new projects for the next phase of 2013-2017.
The Jubilee manifesto has a commitment to ensure that the stalled Vision 2030 projects are completed and the rest started within the set timelines.
Securing the Sh435 billion financial support from China is a key stepping stone, in not only fulfill the Jubilee Coalition promises but also achieve Vision 2030.
The funding secured by the President during the China visit will, therefore go a long way help the country to catch up with the plans related to Vision 2030.
Thus, Kenyans must now focus on how this money is effectively utilized in order to fulfill these projects and help generate income that will not only help settle the debt but also give us more to kick start other development projects.
The funding secured by the President and his delegation touch on two key areas at the heart of Vision 2030 - Infrastructure and Energy - and covers the Economic Pillar of the blue-print.
Poor infrastructure and high costs of energy have been some of the challenges that have slowed down progress on Vision 2030. Lack of funding to aid these critical sectors has slowed down the completion of the projects and the money will thus go a long way to jump-start the process.
Some Sh340 billion was secured to cover economic partnerships, wildlife protection, and the standard gauge railway linking the port of Mombasa and the border town of Malaba. Another Sh85 billion is earmarked for energy-related projects.
The new funding agreement will include technical support that will have immense benefits to all Kenyans especially young people with the new employment opportunities expected from the completed projects.
The Standard Gauge Rail project now will be of major benefit not only for Kenya but also the entire East Africa region as it will help faster movement of goods that arrive at the port of Mombasa.
This will also ensure that the port becomes more effective thus opening up more opportunities for the locals at the Coastal region. The proposed Mombasa-Nairobi-Malaba Standard Gauge Railway line is one of the key flagship projects under the Vision 2030 national development strategy and is categorized under the auxiliary Enablers and Macro pillar.
In the first 100 days, President Kenyatta visited three capitals in the region and held talks with his counterparts to fast-track the critical railway system and the funding he has secured will help meet the goal.
Energy is also very critical to industrialization and Vision 2030 aims at promoting investment in new forms of energy generation such as solar, wind and geothermal plants as well as oil, gas and coal.
The Sh85 billion secured from China can therefore help boost the country's generation of electricity which is current at around 1,700 MW against a demand of 1,400MW.
The 330MW surplus is not enough to cater for the increasing number of industries that are expected from the implementation of the projects under Vision 2030.
According to the United Nations, Kenya has the capacity to generate more than 3,000MW of electricity if it tapped into wind energy in its vast northern districts.
Under it renewable energy plan, the government has identified Turkana and Ngong where wind power generation projects with a capacity of 360MW is been set up. Egypt draws upto 7,520 MW of its energy from wind-power projects while Mexico gets 5,000MW.
Another sector that secured support during the President's trip in China is Tourism which contributes up to 15 per cent to the country's GDP annually and a key enabler for the attainment of Vision 2030.
The sector aims at the development of three resort cities two at the coast and one in Isiolo, boosting under utilized parks and development of niche tourism products.
But even more agent is dealing with the issue of poaching for ivory that has seen the number of elephants and rhinos in our parks reduce drastically over the years.
It is encouraging that the support secured by the President from China aims at increasing surveillance in our parks as a way of protecting Kenya's wildlife.
The President also secured deals that are related to agriculture such as setting up of fertilizer factories in the country. Such initiatives will help Kenya reduce the cost of farming and thus help farmers earn better from their agricultural activities.
With the help that Kenya is set to receive from China, it is now critical that we ensure that these resources are well utilized for the benefit of all Kenyans.
Kenya will not be transformed in a day but a greater focus on the ongoing projects to ensure that they are successfully implemented can even see Vision 2030 achieved even earlier that anticipated.
The writer is the TNA Director of Communications. Twitter @MachelWaikenda